Questions tagged [tzedakah-charity]

The mitzvah of charity, generally giving to the poor, In Hebrew צדקה, literally meaning "justice or righteousness."

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How can tzedakah to the needy of Israel be justified?

In the Yad, the Rambam gives a set of priorities about tzedakah that could be summarized "near before far" except for the #1 priority of ransoming the captive. (Matenot Aniyim, 10.5) How does giving ...
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Are Noachides/Non-Jews encouraged/expected to do maaser kesafim?

A friend of mines has been infatuated by Judaism for as long as I can remember. He came from the Christian world and has since left it. Even as a Christian he would take 10% of his income and give to ...
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Do non-Jews have the mitzvah of tzedoko?

Some one told me the Lubavicher Rebbe told non jews to do charity Are there sources that they have a commandment to do so? By them doing it it is only them doing a mitzvah they were not commanded to ...
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Why is Chametz burned instead of being donated to charity on Passover?

Slight preface: I’m Jewish, but secular at best. So I know “how things work” in some ways, but still have questions from my own perspective. That said, one aspect of Passover has always confused me: ...
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With reference to Lev 23:22, what was the equivalent act of kindness for those with no harvestable produce?

The question "Why mention the ger in Lev 19:10, 23:22?" references Vayikra 23:22 and quotes from it: When you reap the harvest of your Land, you shall not completely remove the corner of your field ...
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Accepting charity from a non-Jew

If a person sends out a group email to solicit funds to help needy families and inadvertently includes non-Jews on the email - Is it permitted to use the funds that the non-Jews donate towards helping ...
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Company matched charitable giving and ma'aser

If my company matches a certain level of charitable giving, can this be included in any way in ma'aser calculations? Does it make a difference if the company matches the donations by giving directly ...
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How do matanos laevyonim services work behind the scenes?

Many shuls and organizations provide a way to fulfill matanos laevyonim by giving online or sending a check made out to the organization. How does this work? Is it as simple as "you're enabling them ...
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Can one give Tzeddakah retroactively?

If I gave more than 10% charity in a previous month, may I apply the surplus towards future months?
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Social Action/Responsibility in Judaism towards gentiles

Non-orthodox organisations place immense significance on social responsibility calling it "Tikkun Olam". Orthodoxy less so... Are there any relevant rabbinic teachings on the topic of social action (...
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Does this count as Tzedakah?

I found out there's an app that gives money to charity depending on how much you run. You can choose between dozens of organizations that help stop hunger, help the homeless, cure cancer, provide ...
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Is it tzedaka for someone to give a gift dependent only on his recognition?

What does Rambam say about a person whose charitable donation depends on his getting recognition for it. Example: a person will donate the cost of building only if his name is on the building?
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Can one use ma'aser money to pay for shipping a donation to charity?

If one orders an item to donate to a charitable organization, such as a shul or Yeshiva, and wants to deduct the value of the item from his ma'aser money, can he deduct the shipping costs? Does it ...
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What is a “Binyan Bayis fund”?

Sorry, but, yet another unfamiliar marriage-related question... One of my distant cousin's daughter is engaged. Her mother told me that in lieu of sending gifts towards a bridal registry, she has ...
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To whom is it not a mitzvah to give tzedakah?

I seem to recall a Rambam that says that if someone can work and chooses not to, there is no mitzvah to support such a person. But I can't find it. Am I mis-remembering? EDIT: Is there something on ...
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Mikveh fees as Ma'aser

I have recently started a Ma'aser account - a separate bank account that I transfer 10% of any income into and is readily available for giving to Tzedaka and I now use to give instead of coming direct ...
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Looking for a statement ascribed to the Chofetz Chaim

The Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur notes in the footnotes to U’nesaneh Tokef (p. 483 in the Rosh Hashanah one, p. 533 in the Yom Kippur one) that “the Chofetz Chaim used to say ...
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Government subsidies or tzedoko

it is preferable not to take charity from non-Jews (maybe only if it is not in private) Source Yore daiya 254 In a case of need (someone needs money for housing and/or food), which is more ...
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Source for anecdote with Moses Montefiore and Charity

I have heard an anecdote told of Moses Montefiore explaining that his 'worth' was only what he gave to charity. This story is quoted in many places (ex. 1, 2, 3) to underscore the value of charity. I ...
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Can time spent with others be counted as ma'aser, according to halacha?

I have a question about tzedakah. In regards to the giving of 10 percent of one's income, it is my understanding that one can count the giving of resources and time spent helping others as part of the ...
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Can a synagogue appropriate the contents of charity boxes not removed before a specified time?

There are lots of charity boxes from different organisations put out on a table in the foyer of our synagogue on Purim. The wardens have attached a note that says that boxes not taken away by the end ...
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Should ones name be put on a mitsva?

If someone does a mitsva like writing a sefer or providing a building for Jewish activities like a shul or school. Should he put his name on it and have it called after him? I am not referring to ...
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Does charity received cancel out charity given?

In my community there is a big benefactor who provides tuition assistance for the Jewish day school. A parent is in the practice of trying to give $2,000 a year to tzedakka but he receives $8,000 x 3 ...
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Are there halachos which specify who is qualified for tzedakah?

Following a very interesting and animated discussion at the Shabbos table this past Friday night, I wanted to delve more into the halachos of who is an oni? I understand very clearly from the Neviim ...
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Donating Tzedaka and Nodrei Lev

You've received a fundraising call from a local frum institution and agree to donate $100. The individual on the phone directs you to the donation site to fill out the forms. After you get off the ...
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Why should one give charity?

There's a debate between Turnus Rufus and Rabbi Akiva if one should give charity. Turnus Rufus claims that one shouldn't, since one shouldn't feed those who the king hates, so if The King refuses to ...
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Can you be buried with tzedokoh receipts?

When you pass away can you request to get buried with your tzedokoh receipts? Will the burial people allow it? Is it worth it, I know everything gets recorded by God, but I've heard stories of people ...
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Other mitzvos hayom before megilla

When making the blessing shehecheyanu before the megilla, one should have in mind that the blessing should cover the other mitzvos of Purim. But what if the megilla reading will be later, and one ...
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Problem giving Tzedokoh at night?

I've heard you're not supposed to give tzedokoh at night. What exactly are the rules regarding this? Does it apply only to physically giving poor man coins or writing checks? what about fulfilling ...
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Giving Ma'aser Money

If one has ma'aser money, should he give it to poor people, his shul or use it to support Torah institutions? Are there any halachos of where one should give his ma'aser money?
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Collecting Tzedakah from someone who may (or may not) be mentally incompetent

I just witnessed something I thought I'd never see. Someone soliciting signatures on the street for whoknowswhat gently turned someone away. The reason? "It's for fundraising." Now I'm sure, like I ...
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Maaser Deductibles

Are there any expenses that one is allowed to "deduct" from his income before calculating the amount of Maaser one must give? For example, if one makes a hundred thousand dollars a year, but his ...
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Can one give maaser to a fundraiser that will only donate its profits to charity?

If someone owes a certain amount of money for Maaser, can one use it to buy goods (raffle ticket, baked goods, etc.) from a fundraiser that will only donate its profits, not all its proceeds, to the ...
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Standardized charity documentation in Israel?

Most American charities, to preserve their tax-exempt status, have to file a Form 990 annually with the federal government, detailing some important statistics about their organization, including how ...
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Seeking information on “Knesseth Israel” charity

A relative recently passed away and I was distributing the proceeds of Pushkas found in the relatives house. One of the Pushkas was for the "Central Committee Knesseth Israel Charity of Rabbi Maier ...
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Does the mitzvah of Tzedakah require poverty and inequality in society?

If we accept that giving to the poor and an emphasis on Tzedakah are Mitzvot that are repeatedly noted within Tanakh - for example some Midrashic commentary suggests that the sin of Sodom was actually ...
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Is a Flying-sign (panhandling) “bet” legit?

A flying-sign panhandler had a sign that read: I bet you $1 you won't read this sign. I thought it was clever and humorous so I gave him $1 and wished him well. By giving him $1 did I accept the ...
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Is it okay for a gentile to join a Christian or an Islamic charity movement?

If a gentile want to spend his free time other than Study Torah and want to join a Charity movement but the problem isnthat all the charity movements he/she knows and are near them is Christian or ...
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What Atones for Which Sins?

At some point I read a very interesting post somewhere about this, but cannot remember where it was or what sources it used (or if they were even reputable). It stated that the spilling of blood in ...
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Maaser on post-tax contributions to retirement accounts

In this article, quoted a few times on this site, there is a discussion on maaser deductions. He says: Tax-free income that went into a retirement (or other) account designated specifically for ...
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More Maaser and Tax Math

Let's say your income before taxes and contributions was $1,111, and your tax rate is 10%. Ordinarily, you would pay $111.10 in taxes, and have $999.90 left over, which would be eligible for maaser. ...
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Should tax deductions be deducted from total maaser giving?

(1) Let's say your charitable contribution of $100 resulted in a deduction of $1 from your tax bill. Would your maaser contribution from that hundred be counted as $99 total or $100 total? (2) Let's ...
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Mitzva of Tzedaka for Pikuach Nefesh

Let's say one has a relative/parent who needs a life saving operation but does not have the financial means to pay for it or even get a loan, is one required to sell his property to help them?
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Do you get credit for unintentional mitzvot?

I have heard stories such as A wealthy man felt like abandoning his Judaism and went to the kotel to 'say his goodbyes'. There he saw a chasid davening with such fervor and tears that the wealthy ...
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Matanot L'Evyonim

We must give Matanot L'Evyonim on the day of Purim. We can do it via a Shaliach. If we give to a Shaliach to use in Israel for example, If they give out the money at 8 Am it is only 1 AM in North ...
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Giving handouts/alms to the poor: Which halachos and Jewish ideas are relevant?

I am invoking here the important question of whether and how to respond to a request for money by a beggar on the street. I ask this question from the U.S., where, outside of Jewish neighborhoods, it ...
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Tzedakah Commission

Is someone who is collecting Tzedakah (charity) allowed to take a commission for his/herself? And if so: Is there a source for the permissibility of such commissions? Is there a maximum percentage ...
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To whom should one's Maaser be given first, a Kolel or poor people? [closed]

Are those learning in the kolel considered poor? They are able (at least where I'm from) to make a pretty decent living, with the Kolel's salary and support from their families. Is it more important ...
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Hey for Sadaqah is it better to give more money to less people or less money to more people? [duplicate]

I was wondering, if in giving Sadaqah it is better to help out more people with a less amount of money or less people with more amounts of money? Which will be more beneficial? Any sources? Thanks
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Donating to the poor ON Purim

In minyan this morning, the gabbai said that money given to the shul as matanot l'evyonim would be donated to a charity which will "distribute it to evyonim in Yerushalayim, on Purim." I live in the ...